Justin Langer: Australia head coach has addressed players’ concerns over coaching style, says limited overs captain Aaron Finch | Cricket News

Reports of trouble in the dressing room surfaced after Australia were beaten 2-1 at home by injury-ravaged India in January; the players took part in an end-of-season review with leadership consultant Tim Ford and Finch said Langer cleared the air before flying out with the team to the West Indies

Last update: 01/07/21 07:05

Australia head coach Justin Langer faced trouble in the locker room during his team’s series with India

Justin Langer has addressed players’ concerns over his “front-end” coaching style and has the Australian side’s full support, limited overs captain Aaron Finch said on Thursday.

Reports of trouble in the dressing room surfaced after Australia were beaten 2-1 at home by injury-ravaged India in January.

The players took part in an end-of-season review with leadership consultant Tim Ford and Finch said Langer purged the air before flying out with the team to the West Indies.

“For ‘JL’ to address some of the issues that came up during the review with Tim Ford, I think that was great,” Finch said from St. Lucia.

Australia captain Aaron Finch (right), says Langer has the full support of the players

Australia captain Aaron Finch (right), says Langer has the full support of the players

“There’s no doubt it was difficult for him at the time, but he took it head on and responded to that.

“He did a fantastic job and the way he dealt with it – and the way he was received by the players – was outstanding.

“It shows the quality of the man he is – (there are) things he is working on and we are all behind him.”

Langer had described the situation as a “wake-up call” and Finch said the stress of playing cricket in bio-secure “bubbles” had further complicated matters.

“There was a combination of several things,” Finch said.

“On the back a lot of bubbles too, he could have used his assistants a little better and delegated a little more.”

Michael Di Venuto and Jeff Vaughan were appointed as the team’s assistant coaches on Thursday ahead of a busy summer that includes the Twenty20 World Cup, a title that eluded Australia and an Ashes series against England.

From July 10, Australia will play five Twenty20 matches against world champions West Indies in St. Lucia before traveling to Barbados to play three one-day internationals.